Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The Park Is...

The Spark: 
Your local park is a super place to chill out and get away from it all.  It offers you a place of respite from the wear and tear of everyday life.  Take a stroll, play in the park, protect nature, embark on a great adventure, spend some time alone, or meet up with friends.  What ever you choose to do, don't forget to observe how your local patch of nearby nature is changing as it awakens to spring.  What is happening right now in your local park?

Calling all Super Natural Superheroes to ACTIVATE!  Are you interested in exploring your local park?  Spring is the perfect time of year to observe the changes that are occurring in nature.  Lets get out there in our local parks and sneak, peek, gaze, splash, and uncover as many new nature discoveries as we can find.  This pop-up nature quest will unfold as you discover new findings.

Start Your Quest:
Why: To discover and experience your local park right now in springtime.
What:  Sneak, peek, gaze, splash, and uncover as many amazing new changes in nature as possible.
Where:  In your local park.
When:  As soon as you can get yourself organized.
Who: You, your family, your friends, or your pet.
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.NCH., or is it!

Take Action:

1.  Play- Look up, look down:
Look what is happen beneath your feet as you balance on fallen logs.  Look at what is happening above your head in the sky and on the tree tops.

2.  Play- Miniature, minute, minuscule:
Uncover the leaves beneath your feet to see what is happening in the underbrush.

3.  Play- Everything's coming up blooming:
Look for blooming buds and catkins.

4.  Play- Finding forest friends:
Hunt for bugs, birds, critters, or see if you can spot trees and plants that look like forest friends.  Can you spot the face on this tree?

5.  Play- Magnifying glass and microscope:
Find as many mushrooms, mosses, and lichen as possible to observe with a magnifying glass or take as sample and bring it back to your lab to observe it under a microscope.  Identify as many varieties of mushroom, moss, and lichen that grow in your local park.

6.  Play- Ponds, puddles, and mud:
Get on your splash gear (goulashes, splash pants), get out there and explore water ways.
Discover what is living there, what is happening there, what is growing there.

7.  Play- Is anybody home?
Find animal, critter, or bug habitats and see, if you can, if anyone still lives there.  Be very careful, they might still be inhabiting their habitat.

8.  Play- Float like a butterfly, fly like a bee:
Run like the wind.  Catch a glimpse of flying bugs, bees, flies, butterflies, birds, or anything that flies as you run like the wind from one end of the park to the other.

Don't Stop Here:
Keep on researching and finding out more about the changes that are happening in nature in your neck of the woods.  Visit your local park as often as you can.  If you have a hunch about something just drop us an email and we'll give your hunch a whirl and get back to you as soon as we can.

Quest Check:  
We are very interested in keeping you interested in finding out more about nature.  Keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests.

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